Since there was a lot of free love going around during the Season 4 premiere of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, let me make it clear how I felt about its return right off the bat: I absolutely loved having Legends back! It was a perfect example of why this show works so well for me and remains a bright spot in a sometimes dark world. For me, most of the other DC shows on the CW, even Supergirl, seem to think that they have to be serious in tone in order to get some giant message across to the audience. Meanwhile, Legends of Tomorrow routinely leans into its wackiness, and in the process touches my heart and reminds me of its message of love, the importance of chosen family and acceptance more than any of the others.
This Season 4 opener, “The Virgin Gary,” did a great job of bringing the Legends together to solve the issue at hand, which in this case was a crazy, evil unicorn terrorizing Woodstock (naturally!), while also introducing the fact that Constantine is going to be part of the gang moving forward this season. As it turns out, the unicorn was just one of many demons that got out when the Legends opened the door for Mallus last season, and now they’re going to have to deal with them all. And deal with it they did! Despite probably scarring poor Gary for the rest of his life, there’s nothing more fun than seeing the gang all work together in the most unconventional of ways, but still, ultimately saving the world in the process. The Legends’ writers made it a point to let all viewers know here that they know this show works best when it’s being weird and wacky. I love them for always leaning into that fact instead of trying to be something they aren’t.
While the team worked together to stop the crazed unicorn, there were some moments where people paired off that were very effective as well. Nate and Mick breaking into Nate’s parents home got unexpectedly emotional. Ray and Zari are always great together as they share a real, genuine friendship and connection and seem to understand each other in ways others do not. I suspect that even though Ray realizes Nora Darhk is no good for him that he’s not going to stop pursuing her. Thankfully, it seems like Zari is onto him and hopefully continues to watch out for her often far too sweet friend.
Another pairing we got a lot of time with this premiere was Sara and Constantine. I’ll admit that when I heard that Constantine was joining Legends as a full-time cast member for Season 4 I had some real reservations. While I don’t dislike him, it’s not like I’m ever overjoyed to see him stop in either. I also worried that he’d take a lot of the focus and attention of the story. I still don’t know everything I want to know about Ray, Zari, Mick and Amaya, so do we really need to add Constantine into the mix? I can’t say that the premiere relieved any of the doubts I had about him joining, and I get annoyed at the way he constantly has Sara questioning her relationship with Ava, but the Legends writers have earned enough goodwill with me that I’m willing to go with everything for now.
Speaking of Sara, the part I hands down enjoyed the most in the premiere was her interactions and growing relationship with Ava. In addition to Matt Ryan as Constantine, Jes Macallan was also added as a series regular for this season and I couldn’t be happier about that. There’s so much we have to discover about Ava, outside of just her relationship with Sara and Macallan is so endearingly dorky at times in this role that I can’t wait to see when this show inevitably “let’s Ava’s hair down.” But while John may think that being in a relationship with “fuzzy throws and fluffy pink slippers” isn’t who Sara is, what I love most about Avalance is that Ava never asks Sara to change for her.
Ava: “I don’t think you’re a screw up. I think that you are a damn fine Captain faced with some extraordinary circumstances.”
Ava proved again that she knows Sara isn’t perfect. She realizes she has a complicated past that has caused strife in her relationships before and tends to deem herself unworthy of love. However, as she showed in the premiere, none of that matters to Ava. Hopefully in time, with Ava’s love, Sara can start to see that she is most definitely worthy of being loved. I truly believed Sara when she told Ava they were going to figure it out, and while I worry Sara may still listen to some of those voices in her head — including Constantine’s — I’m hoping that Avalance’s foundation is strong enough to keep them moving forward this season.
So free love, hippies, crazy unicorns and all, thank you Legends for once again giving me something to look forward to each week. On the surface it’s so easy to dismiss this show as being about a wacky band of misfits traveling through time to fight demons, but for those of us who watch and come back week after week it’s clearly about so much more. Also, the real world out there is dark enough, I gladly will spend an hour each week with the Legends brand of craziness. Praise Beebo they’ve returned!
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW and Space.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.